Series: Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Sci-Fi, YA
Publication date: February 4th 2014
by Feiwel & Friends
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
-A copy was provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for review-
Holy crap what a wild ride! In this 3rd novel of the Lunar Chronicles series, we meet
Rapunzel Cress and embark on her unplanned journey to earth. This novel is easily my favorite in the series thus far – and funnily, Rapunzel is also my favorite fairytale princess! We are just meant to be!
We swing into action from the very beginning of this novel, during which we meet Cress and get to know the kind of life she lived inside this satellite for almost a decade. Like always, I love the references to the original fairy-tales this series is based on. After an explosive start, we engage on a survivalist-type story through a desert that is described with such realism you will feel parched and out of breath, Cress’s exhaustion and desperation becoming your own. Their vulnerability breeds constant fear, and there’s a lingering anxiety from expecting the worst – and sometimes getting it – with each flip of the page. And that’s just the first half! As for the rest, well, it involves hacking, gambling, kidnapping, shooting, manipulating, torturing, oh and secret tunnels, dude! It rocked pretty freaking hard, okay!
If you’re a fan of this series I don’t have to tell you how incredible the characterization is. Every single character – whether it be main or secondary – is perfectly crafted with quirks, flaws, and their own personal agendas. There’s also conflict, humor, and romance between the characters which makes for a great group dynamic that feels genuine, all the while providing a good distractions from the intense happenings surrounding them. Since every book focuses, at least at first, on new main character, this gives us a chance to not only get to know everyone on a personal level, but to also know them through different perspectives. By now, these guys are basically like family! At the moment I will say my favorite characters are Thorne and Cress. Also FYI – this book is not romance heavy at all, but it has the perfect balance of gentle progression and butterfly-inducing swoonyness! Aaaaaand! We’ve got Iko! No page with Iko gets flipped without a chuckle and a snort. Definitely the most colorful personality of this series!
Honestly by book 3, there is not much more to say that is not just repeating myself from my earlier reviews. Fans will definitely enjoy themselves just as much – if not more – with Cress in the picture. Plot-wise, some nastiness is hitting the fan, here, and it’s getting more and more urgent. Personally, I feel like this one is the strongest and most exciting of all three -not to mention most emotional; one part had me choked up for real. This is the kind of series that you hope will never end (but alas, I hear the 4th will be the last)!